In 1959, Barbie from Willows, Wisconsin was introduced to a skeptical
toy industry and made quite an impression at that year's New York
She was sporting
her famous blond ponytail, eye-popping black-and-white bathing
suit, stylish open-toed shoes, dark eye makeup, too-cool shades
and golden hoop earrings.
A gallon of
gas was 25 cents, the average annual wage was $5,000 and the first
Ponytail Barbie sold for $3. In the first
year, 300,000 Barbie dolls were sold.
mirrored the sophisticated glamour of 1950s stars like Marilyn
Hayworth, and Elizabeth
Taylor . She donned high arched brows, pursed red lips, a
sassy pony tail with curly bangs and a coy, sideways glance. Although
most remembered for having blonde locks she was sold as a brunette
too. Even her figure was high fashion and model-esque, with pale,
ivory skin, long slim legs and a narrow waist and hips.
through the years
Not to be
held back Barbie evolved with the times and trends. The 60s Barbie
had much softer looking eye makeup, a less arched eyebrow and
for the first time, blue irises. Barbie introduced a third hair
color - "Titian", a popular term for red hair at the
time (1961). The hairstyle went from pony tail to bouffant bubble-cut
hairstyle and fashions that mirrored First
Lady Jackie Kennedy. Then it was on to the sleek hair and clothes
of the multi-colored, swirling Mod
Along come the 70s;
from "Flower Power" to "girl power" to fun-in-the-sun-power,
Barbie doll's diverse style reflected the 70s alternative lifestyles.
Skirts went from mini to maxi and hair was long and loose. Barbie
debuted with a new face sculpt, including the addition of an open
smile with pearly white teeth, and, thanks to the groundswell
of the feminist movement and female empowerment, her sparkling
blue eyes faced-forward for the first time.
Like everything in the '80s,
the style of Barbie was, like, totally bold and so totally excessive.
She took shoulder pads, scrunchies, big belts and leggings to
a whole new level. Neon never looked so good. For the first time,
African-American Barbie and Hispanic Barbie were introduced.
In rolled the 90's
shoulder pads were still big but hair was even bigger with teased
bangs and perms. Totally Hair Barbie was the best-selling Barbie
doll to date, and celebrated the "big hair" craze and
loud fashions of the early 90s. Geraldine
Ferraro's historic Vice Presidential selection, professional
women's basketball beat all the odds when it began its first WNBA
basketball season, and Barbie got behind the wheel as a NASCAR
new millennium and another Barbie makeover featuring a new, more
athletic physique, a bendable, flexible waist and her first belly
button. She toned down the glam with more natural looking makeup
and gentle open smile and two-toned blonde hair.
Barbie brings new and exciting changes for the pop icon. After
all what's a 50th birthday without a makeover?
with some Barbie trivia and fun facts:
real name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
is from Willows, Wisconsin. She attended Willows High School.
co-founder of Mattel, brought her vision of a three-dimensional
doll to life with the introduction of Barbie in 1959.
first appeared in the now-famous black-and-white striped swimsuit
and signature ponytail.
has four sisters: Skipper (1964), Stacie (1992), Kelly (1995)
and Krissy (1995)
Barbie's first pet was a horse named Dancer.
Barbie doll sold for $3.00 (1959).
signature color is Barbie pink: PMS 219.
first boyfriend, Ken, debuted two years after Barbie in 1961.
named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler.
Barbie broke up on Valentine's Day in 2004 after being together
more than 43 years.
Barbie doll ever was the 1992 Totally
Hair Barbie, with hair from the top of her head to her toes,
she had the longest locks ever for Barbie, measuring 10½".
has been outfitted by more than 70 famous couturiers.
has had more than 108 inspirational careers.